Candles an important issue for fire safety

Nov 18, 2010

Carelessness with candles can lead to disaster.

People who want to keep their families safe have a variety of things to consider, from carrying life insurance to avoiding everyday hazards like fire dangers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2,755 people died in house fires in 2008, while fire fighters responded to about 403,000 blazes at homes that year. More than 13,000 others were injured by fires in 2008.

While things like cooking and smoking are leading contributors to house fires, another major hazard can be improperly attended candles.

To that end, the National Candle Association has offered consumers some tips on how to reduce their risk of falling victim to a house fire. For example, the group points out candles should never be left unattended, not should they ever be kept near flammable materials or within the reach of children and pets.

Some 15,000 fires each year are said to be caused by carelessness with candles, and consumers are also reminded to be careful when extinguishing the candles - including by refraining from doing so with water. By taking some basic safety steps, people can protect themselves and their families from unexpected tragedy.

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